Satterfield does double duty at Sun Belt
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
There was answering questions from the print media for a half-hour. Then there was doing a radio show that was followed by interviews by ESPN3. Appalachian State does not officially join the Sun Belt Conference until July 2014.
So, even though Satterfield was in New Orleans to talk about the Mountaineers, it didn't mean it was all about the Sun Belt. Satterfield said he was concentrating on winning the SoCon in 2013.
"We are pretty much focused on playing in the Southern Conference this year," Satterfield said. "We're playing in the SoCon and that's where I'm focused."
The Appalachian State coaching staff has spent most of its summer working on recruiting for 2013 and 2014. Since the Mountaineers are allowed to have 85 players on scholarship in the Football Bowl Subdivision Sun Belt instead of the 63 that is the maximum in the Football Championship Subdivision SoCon, the staff gave walk-on running back Ricky Fergerson and receiver Simms McElfresh scholarships.
Satterfield also announced at the media event that Appalachian State signed four recruits, three of who are eligible for the 2013 season.
Appalachian State must have an average of 76 scholarships between 2013 and 2014. App State can have up to 85 scholarships on the FBS level.
Satterfield also said it was important for the Mountaineers to go after higher caliber athletes when recruiting. The Mountaineers have received some commitments for 2014, but has also gone against programs from the ACC and the SEC when recruiting.
"We're definitely going after higher caliber players," Satterfield said. "Whether he's an FCS guy or an FBS guy, we've been recruiting against Duke and North Carolina State and East Carolina and against smaller FBS teams like Georgia State."
Satterfield said it was important to get the players on the App State campus when it came to recruiting against larger programs. It's why he, or other members of his staff, have made sure that somebody is always on campus just in case a recruit makes a visit.
"Any time we can get them here makes a big difference," Satterfield said.
Satterfield, who interrupted his vacation to attend the Sun Belt media day, returns to his time off before returning to Boone next week. The SoCon media day is July 24, and the first day the players return is Aug. 1. The first practice is Aug.2, and the first game is Aug. 31 at Montana.